What Type of Certification Do You Need for Teaching English Abroad?
By Paige Lee
So you’ve decided it’s time to research more about the best way to live overseas. Teaching English in a foreign country seems like it could fit the bill, but when you get on Google to look up anything to do with teaching English abroad you quickly find yourself immersed in a complicated new world of different courses, programs, forums, recruiters, job boards and most of all, acronyms: TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, ESL, EFL, and so forth. So what's the deal with this never-ending list that seems only to raise more confusing questions?
- What are the differences between TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA?
- Do I need to take a CELTA course rather than a TEFL course to qualify for jobs?
- Which certification do I need to teach English abroad?